Ghana: Minister of Communications Recognised At ITU Telecom World Awards

17 September 2019

Ghana's Communications Minister, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has been recognised at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World Awards 2019 in Budapest, Hungary.

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful was recognised for her "exceptional commitment and participation as a valuable partner in ITU Telecom World events."

Presenting the ITU Telecom World Awards 2019 certificate of appreciation to Mrs Owusu-Ekuful, ITU's General Secretary Houlin Zhao described the minister as an excellent and exceptional member of the union.

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful, Mr Zhao added deserved recognition and appreciation noting that he had fallen in love with Ghana due to her intelligent submissions and innovations in ICT.

Reacting to the recognition, Mrs Owusu-Ekuful said: "It's a great privilege for my modest efforts at the international level, on cooperation in developing and implementing ICT initiatives with colleague ministers in the last two and half years, to be recognised and rewarded by the ITU."

"I'm deeply humbled and elated. This award will encourage me to do even more, both locally and internationally to narrow the digital divide for the benefit of our countries and people. I really appreciate it. Many thanks to ITU Secretary-General and his directors for bestowing this honour on me. I understand only three of these awards were given and I'm delighted at this recognition," she added.

In a related development, the Accra Digital Centre, a Government of Ghana mini Technology Park, under the Ministry of Communications, set up to harness the digital potential of Ghana by promoting digital entrepreneurship and innovation was announced as the 2019 winner of the International Telecommunication Union - ITU's Global Ecosystem Best Practice Award whereas Vokacom (innovators of Ghana Post Digital address) emerged as winner of the Best Business model at the 2019 ITU Telecom World in Budapest, Hungary.

The award, given by the Telecommunication Development Bureau of the ITU, recognises and gives awards to hosts of Technology Innovation with best practices that enable innovators to develop ICT- centric solutions that can be globally recognised and scaled.

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